Grade Essay Rubric



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8th grade Essay Rubric




Advanced


Proficient


Basic


Below Basic


No attempt

Content

25 points



Essay is organized with a distinct intro, body paragraphs and conclusion; thoughts are specific and answer the prompt or topic ; body paragraphs use pyramid method and intro has attention getter 25 pts.

Essay is organized with distinct intro, body paragraphs and conclusion; essay answers the prompt and focuses on one specific topic, some pyramiding present 20pts.

Essay is organized into distinct intro, body paragraphs and conclusion; essay answers prompt, but is not specific 15 pts.

Essay is organized all as one paragraph, doesn’t answer the prompt or has no clear intro, body and conclusion 10 pts.

Essay had no attempt at organization or paragraphs, or answering the topic

O pts.


Style

25 points



Essay has a strong sense of voice, uses strong attention getting techniques, and shows language craft including strong vocabulary 25 pts.

Essay has a strong sense of voice, attention getting techniques and good vocabulary 20 pts.

Essay has sense of voice and some good vocabulary 15 pts.

Essay has little sense of voice and basic vocabulary 10 pts.

Essay has no voice and an elementary vocabulary, or was not written 0 pts.

Sentence formation

20 points



Essay has complete sentences, sentences of different lengths and patterns, and diff. sentence types 20 pts.

Essay has complete sentences, sentences of diff. lengths and types 15 pts.

Essay has complete sentences and sentences of diff. lengths OR types 10 pts.

Essay sentences are not complete, or mostly run-ons, sentences are mostly the same length and type 5 pts.

Sentences are all fragmented, run-ons or developmentally inappropriate 0 pts.

Usage

10 points



Essay has correct forms of homonyms, and uses correct conjunctions and word choice 10 pts.

Essay has correct form of homonyms and word choice 7pts.

Essay has correct form of homonyms 5 pts.

Essay has incorrect homonyms, incorrect word usage and/or incorrect conjunctions 3pts.

Word usage is garbled to the point of being incomprehensible 0pts.

Mechanics

10 points



Essay has correct spelling and punctuation 10 pts.

Essay has mostly correct spelling and punctuation 7 pts.

Essay has frequent errors in spelling and punctuation 5pts.

Essay has a high level of spelling and punctuation errors 3pts.

Essay exhibits no punctuation, or is written phonetically.

Literary Devices

10 points



Essay has five or more of the following: metaphor, alliteration, simile, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, purposeful repetition, rhyme, symbolism, imagery 10 pts.

Essay has three or more of the aforementioned Literary devices 7pts.

Essay has two literary devices, or one and further unsuccessful attempts 5 pts.

Essay makes some attempt at literary devices 3 pts.

Essay contains no attempt at literary devices. 0pts.

Total:________/100 Draft #____________ Another draft? Y / N


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